A Tale of Two Nations: Poland to Fine Social Media Moguls Who Block Posts. Meanwhile Australia Is Denied News Links By Facebook

Bravo, Polish Officials!!

Poland is making it legally possible to fine Big Tech platforms up to $13.5 million per case when a platform censors any users or remove any posts for ideological reasons. (Trump might  have become a billionaire another time or two over if this had applied here in the USA when Twitter banned his tweets so often.)

Poland’s Deputy Justice Minister stated: “Poland spent 45 years under communism,” says. “It taught us the value of free speech”

Poland fights Big Tech with push to block social media censorship
Deputy Polish Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta says that Trump’s removal from Twitter sets a dangerous precedent

https://www.foxnews.com/world/poland-fights-big-tech-push-block-social-media-censorship

from the above link:  “Social media companies that censor users or remove posts for ideological reasons could soon face fines in Poland in a world-first attempt to curb the power of Big Tech through legislation. Speaking to Fox News, the architect of the law, Deputy Polish Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta, said social media companies have for too long been targeting conservatives, Christianity and traditional values by banning them and by removing posts. Finally the Polish government is saying “enough!”

“’We see that when Big Tech decides to remove content for political purposes, it’s mostly content which praises traditional values or praises conservatism,” he said, “and it is deleted under their ‘hate speech policy’ when it has no legal right to do so.’

“Any content platform provider who removes a post which is not suggesting illegal activity will face the possibility of receiving a 13.5 million dollar law against the social platform that misbehaves.” ####

Full article at link above.

However down in Australia, Facebook is now announcing that there will be no news discussion allowed on Facebook. They claim this has to happen because the news orgs that are being mentioned are not getting any revenue when users link to news media. It appears the Australian government wanted FB to pay the news media when it was mentioned, but FB didn’t want to go there.

In addition to deleting news from news outlets, the FB group and website pages  relating to hospitals, cities, governmental agencies, weather reports etc were vaporized as well. Now a FB spokesman is saying that was done inadvertently, and that those websites and links will be restored. But who knows?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OMraR6Ct0Y

A Youtube comment I enjoyed:
“Constitutional Patriot”
5 hours ago
This is pretty messed up but I wouldn’t classify it as the most “INSANE” act of censorship ever. I would consider banning THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES the most insane act of censorship. Or tech giants colluding together to eliminate Parler.

Additionally, on gab Donald Trump discussed the Australian people’s dilemma with Facebook, and this link was offered: More on Australia’s dealings with Facebook
https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/facebook-unleashes-nuclear-option-australia-blocks-all-news-sharing-across-continent

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  1. Thanks for posting this. I just wrote an email to the Polish ambassador in DC, thanking him and his country for taking a stand for freedom of speech. I pointed out the irony inherent in the fact that my grandparents fled Poland a little over a century ago due to the absence of civil liberties (or even the right to life, for Jews like them). The way things are going here, it might be time to consider emigrating for (not) GREEN-er pastures (as in “greta-green”) elsewhere. Anyway, this is a small ray of hope in a generally bleak scene in the West. Isn’t it incredible how quickly we went from Enlightment to ‘woke’?

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  2. Civil Westman:
    Thanks for posting this. I just wrote an email to the Polish ambassador in DC, thanking him and his country for taking a stand for freedom of speech. I pointed out the irony inherent in the fact that my grandparents fled Poland a little over a century ago due to the absence of civil liberties (or even the right to life, for Jews like them). The way things are going here, it might be time to consider emigrating for (not) GREEN-er pastures (as in “greta-green”) elsewhere. Anyway, this is a small ray of hope in a generally bleak scene in the West. Isn’t it incredible how quickly we went from Enlightment to ‘woke’?

    That’s my sentiments and thinking as well.

    While President, Trump made at least two trips to Poland, due to how much mail, email and faxes he received on a weekly basis from ordinary Polish citizens, as well as the many accolades he received from Polish elected officials. While there, he always praised the dedication and determination of Polish activist Lech Walesa.
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